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Research Interests

Summary of Research Interest

Herbal medicines widely used in health-care in both developed and developing countries are complex chemical mixtures of medicinal plants. The use of herbal medicines has increased remarkably in line with the global trend of people returning to natural therapies. Standardization of herbal formulations is essential in order to assess the quality of drugs, based on the concentration of active principles present therein. Quality evaluation of herbal preparation is a basic requirement of organizations dealing with Ayurvedic and herbal products. The dramatically increasing the faith and use of herbal medicine by the public are forcing moves to assess the health claims of these agents and to develop standards of quality products. It is evident that the herbal industry needs to follow strict guidelines and such regulations are necessary. According to WHO guidelines, an herbal product needs to be standardized with respect to safety and efficacy before releasing it into the market.

In reality, there is no simple analytical method that meets the most crucial requirement of profiling all metabolites. Our work aims evaluation of plant/parts/ formulations by profiling of metabolites using HPLC, Orbitrap, Q trap LC-MS/MS, and Q TOF techniques for the identification and characterization of phytochemicals and study their variations.

Main Area of Interest

1. Chemotaxonomy, Identification/Characterization of Chemical constituents from Indian Medicinal Plants/products using MS (High Resolution Mass Spectrometers)
2. Marker identification for quality control/ Quality assurance of Herbals
3. Study of variation in chemical constituents of herbal plants from different locations, season, altitude and gender